To put a package on PLaneT, or release an upgrade to an already-existing package:
Organize your code into modules. Since the PLaneT client is integrated into the require form, it works best if your code is arranged into modules.
When one module in your program depends on another, it is best to require it using the relative-file-name form rather than the planet require form. For instance, if your program contains files primary.rkt and helper.rkt where primary.rkt requires helper, use the form
in files that will also be a part of the package.
To aid development, PLaneT allows users to establish direct associations between a particular planet package with an arbitrary directory on the filesystem, for instance connecting the package named by the require line
to the directory "/home/myname/svn/mypackages/devel/".
These associations are intended to allow developers to use their own directory structures, version control systems, and so on while still being able to use the packages they create as though they were distributed directly by PLaneT. Development links are local to a particular user and repository (but not to a particular Racket minor revision).
To establish a development link, use the raco planet command-line tool:
raco planet link myname mypackage.plt 1 0 ~/svn/mypackages/devel
Once you are finished developing a package, you should remove any development links you have established for it, again using the planet command-line tool:
raco planet unlink myname mypackage.plt 1 0
Make sure that all source files, documentation, etc. that you want to be a part of the package are in a single directory and its subdirectories. Furthermore make sure that nothing else, e.g. unneeded backup files, is in that directory (with the exception that the meta-subdirectories and files Git/Subversion/CVS uses are automatically skipped by the packaging tool).
Use Scribble to write documentation for your package. See Scribble Documentation for macros that ensure proper bindings and version numbers in documentation for PLaneT packages, and Scribble: The Racket Documentation Tool for instructions on how to write Scribble documentation.
Note: Always use this-package-in in for-label bindings when documenting PLaneT packages, and always use the bindings in planet/scribble rather than scribble/manual. These macros automatically produce planet-based module paths with appropriate version numbers. Other require subforms and Scribble declarations may refer to the wrong version of a package, or may not be recognized as part of a PLaneT package at all when documentation is produced.
If you put a file named "info.rkt" in your package’s root directory, the PLaneT system (as well as the rest of the Racket tool suite) will look in it for descriptive metadata about your package. The PLaneT system looks for certain names in that file:
The 'blurb field: If present, the blurb field should contain a list of XHTML fragments encoded as x-expressions (see the xml collection for details) that PLaneT will use as a short description of your project.
The 'release-notes field: If present, the release-notes field should contain a list of XHTML fragments encoded as x-expressions (see the xml collection for details) that PLaneT will use as a short description of what’s new in this release of your package.
The valid categories are:
If you put symbols other than these the categories field, they will be ignored. If you put no legal symbols in the categories field or do not include this field in your info.rkt file, your package will be categorized as "Miscellaneous."
Depending on your package’s behavior, it may or may not be okay for multiple versions of the same package to be loaded at one time on the entire system —
for instance, if your package relies on writing to a particular file and assumes that nothing else writes to that same file, then multiple versions of the same package being loaded simultaneously may be a problem. This field allows you to specify whether your package can be loaded simultaneously with older versions of itself. If its value is 'all, then the package may be loaded with any older version. If it is 'none, then it may not be loaded with older versions at all. If it is (list 'all-except VER-SPEC ...) then any package except those that match one of the given VER-SPEC forms may be loaded with this package; if it is (list 'only VER-SPEC ...) then only packages that match one of the given VER-SPEC forms may be loaded with this package.
When checking to see if a package may be loaded, PLaneT compares it to all other currently-loaded instances of the same package with any version: for each comparison, it checks to see if the newer package’s can-be-loaded-with field allows the older package to be loaded. If all such comparisons succeed then the new package may be loaded; otherwise PLaneT signals an error.
The 'primary-file field: If present, the primary-file field should be a either a string corresponding to the name (without path) of the main Racket source file of your package, or a list of such strings. The PLaneT web page corresponding to this package will present all files listed here as interface files for your package; it will give direct links to each package and a listing of all names provided by the package along with their contracts (if present).
If you include only a single string, it will be used as the require line printed on your package’s page. If you include a list of strings, then the first legal file string in the list will be used.
The 'required-core-version field: If present, the required-core-version field should be a string with the same syntax as the output of the version function. Defining this field indicates that PLaneT should only allow users of a version of Racket equal to or more recent than the version specified by this field. This allows you finer-grained control of your package’s core-language requirements than its inclusion in a particular repository; for instance, setting this field to "5.1.3" would cause the PLaneT server not to serve it to Racket v5.1.2 or older clients.
The 'version field: If present, the version field should be a string that describes the version number of this code that should be presented to users (e.g., "0.15 alpha"). This field does not override or in any way interact with your package’s package version number, which is assigned by PLaneT, but may be useful to users.
The 'repositories field: If present, the repositories field should be a list consisting of some subset of the strings "4.x" and "3xx". The string "4.x" indicates that this package should be included in the v4.x repository (which contains packages that are intended to run in Racket and PLT Scheme versions at or above version 4.0, including the 5.0 series), and the string "3xx" indicates that the package should be included in the v3xx repository (containing packages intended to run in PLT Scheme versions in the 3xx series). A single package (and a single version of a package) may be included in multiple repositories with the same PLaneT version number.
In addition, PLaneT uses the setup-plt installer to install packages on client machines, so most fields it looks for can be included with their usual effects. In particular, adding a 'name field indicates that the Racket files in the package should be compiled during installation; it is a good idea to add it.
An example info.rkt file looks like this:
#lang setup/infotab (define name "My Application") (define blurb '("My application runs 60% faster on 20% less peanut " "butter. It even shows a fancy graphic!")) (define primary-file "my-app.rkt") (define categories '(system xml))
See "info.rkt" File Format for more information on "info.rkt" files.
Use the planet command-line tool in its archive-creation mode to create a planet archive:
raco planet create /home/jacobm/my-app/
This will create a planet archive named "my-app.plt" in the current directory whose contents are the contents of "/home/jacobm/my-app" and all its subdirectories.
Alternately, you can run make-planet-archive with the name of the directory you’ve prepared as its argument:
This function will build a packaged version of your directory and return the path to that package. The path will always be a file named "X.plt", where "X" is the name of the directory you gave to make-planet-archive, located in that same directory.
Contain all the same Racket source files in that the previous version contained in directories intended for public access
In each public file, provide at least all the bindings that the previous version provided
For each name provided with a contract (see Contracts), provide it with a contract that is at least as permissive as the previous contract
Change any behavior that reasonable consumers of your package would not consider guaranteed (e.g., by fixing bugs or improving the efficiency of operations).
Remove files in clearly-marked private sections. By convention, the contents of any directory called "private" are considered private and should not be relied upon by external users of your package.
Extend the set of names exported by a module.
Go to the central PLaneT package repository web page and click on the link marked "contribute a package / log in" in the upper-right-hand corner. If you have not yet created an account, then do so on that page by providing your name, a user name, an email address, and a password and then responding to the confirmation message delivered to the email address you provide.
Once you have an account, then if this is a new package then upload it using the "Contribute a package" section in your user account page. If this is a package update then click "update this package" next to its name in the "Manage your packages" section of your user account page, then upload the .plt file and indicate on the form whether your update is backwards-compatible with the prior version or not.